ANNAPOLIS — A Frederick County resident was appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Friday to oversee the state's preparation for the 2020 U.S. Census.

Lilian Castillo-Harris will serve as chair of a new Maryland Complete Count Committee to make recommendations and assist the state Department of Planning during the upcoming decennial census. Hogan formed the committee by executive order Friday.

"A complete and accurate count of Maryland’s population is essential to the state since it determines Congressional representation, state redistricting, and federal funding allocations for the next 10 years," Hogan said in prepared remarks. "It is of the utmost importance that every resident is counted for the 2020 Census."

Castillo-Harris is the president of the Workplace Management Group, a business enterprise group that works with Hispanic communities to expand and improve their business organizations.

She will co-chair the committee with Walkiria Pool, a Prince George's County resident and president of the nonprofit Centro de Apoyo, which helps stabilize communities and families through economic, social and educational empowerment.

The committee will include up to 15 members and will complete a report for the governor by Dec. 31 on how the state can achieve a complete count of its population. The U.S. Census will be released in April 2020.

Follow Samantha Hogan on Twitter: @SAHogan.

Samantha Hogan is the state house, environment, agriculture and energy reporter for The Frederick News-Post.

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